ETF Learning Opportunity Update — July Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering several webinars during the month of July.  See ETF’s information below regarding their upcoming webinars.


Live Webinars Scheduled for July
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:  “My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!”   “Thanks for having these valuable webinars.  The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an “in office” meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job.”

WRS Employee and Employer Contribution Rates
This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2015.

Tuesday July 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday July 10, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 23, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday July 25, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday Jul 30, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Beneficiary Designation
Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. We’ll also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one on file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form.
Wednesday July 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 15, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday July 28, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System
This webinar will cover participation in the WRS, vesting requirements, how the WRS is funded and benefits available under the WRS.  Also included is a brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured.

Monday July 14, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday July July 24, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Wellness Lunch and Learn


What: How could the Employee Assistance Program help me or a co-worker?
When: Wednesday, July 16
12:10  – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Spring Room (Student Services 1400)
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, work place based Employee Assistance Program.  The program is designed to assist in the prevention, early identification and resolution of personal issues with may affect both an employee’s sense of well-being and their ability to effectively carry out their work responsibilities.  Examples of issues which the EAP might be helpful with are health, marital, family, financial, alcohol and other drug, emotional, stress and other personal concerns.Join Greg Smith, Senior Counselor for this lunch and learn that will focus on how the EAP program could help you or a co-worker.  The goals will be to help you learn what services are provided, how to access services and what other resources are available in the community.  You will also have a chance to provide ideas on how EAP services could be enhanced on our campus.

Unlimited Kress Events Center Access

The Kress Events Center has unlimited access over the summer!  In addition to the free unlimited access for employees during the summer hours noted below, there are also various free group fitness classes offered.

Hours until August 28, 2014

  • Mon – Thurs    6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Fri.                   6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat.                  8 a.m. – noon
  • Sun.                 closed

CURRENT Workshop @ UWGB!


On the Brink of Greatest Workshop    
Event Basics
When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Workshop Begins
12 p.m. Conclusion
Where: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Kress Events Center
2420 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay, WI  54311
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Fee: $49 Members of Current
$64 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Continental breakfast and refreshments.
Register: (920)
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
4 hours of CE credit is available for attending this workshop.
Event Overview
On the Brink of GreatestYou are already very good at what you do. What if there is another level for you, and you are not there yet? This is a place that takes your very good to great and then goes deeper before you go higher. This place is called Greatest! Sounds enchanting and unreal, but in fact it is not. Greatest is the place where maturity, security, confidence and peace dwell. A common daily occurrence is an acute awareness of your greatest asset: time, coupled with new joy and marketplace growth. You are invited to step in to Greatest.This workshop environment fosters fresh exchange of leadership thought. “Like a well-tuned athlete, you already know how to run the race. But to be a world class athlete (a Leader, a World Changer) it’s the little things that count. Functioning with this awareness is essential. Moving in this with fluency is our aim to greatest.” – Joe Simon

What You Will Learn (& Why You Should Attend)

  • Increase your achievement balance: How to win on and off the field
  • Establish and exceed some personal best records (PBRs) before the end of the day
  • Discover the art of Influence, Momentum and Relationships
  • Become an ultimate world changer via the cause within you
  • Be able to answer the question, “What’s Your ROI?”

Who Should Attend

  • Those who attended the “Leading Yourself Well First” workshop in September 2013 – this is your next step in your personal leadership journey
  • Leaders of all shapes and sizes: Experienced ones, prospective ones, aspiring ones

This workshop is led by experienced Marketplace Missionary & Life Coach Joe Simon, author of Great2Greatest Life Coaching.

About the Speaker
Joe Simon
Marketplace Missionary/Life Coach
Great2GreatestA graduate of Brown College and the American College, Joe Simon’s professional background is in both broadcast media and financial services. These experiences helped create his keen perspective on people, communications and the rich qualities found in solid success and winning on and off the field. From the experiences he had with writing and leading his life coaching program, Great2Greatest, he sold his financial services practice in fall 2012 to devote his full attention to life coaching and speaking to professionals on Wall Street and Main Street USA about personal greatest.

Joe is an accomplished Iron Man triathlete and marathon runner. His favorite charity is myTEAM TRIUMPH which couples athletes with disabled adults. The 3- or 4-person teams push and pull the person with disabilities throughout events such as marathons, triathlons and bicycle races. Joe is most proud of his marriage to Sally since 1984 and his 3 adult sons.

ETF – Live Webinars

Live Webinars Scheduled

ETF is offering a series of live, interactive webinars – online presentations – designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Unless otherwise noted, all webinars are 30 minutes with time for webinar-topic related questions at the end of the sessions.

NEW Topics:

  • Variable Fund
  • Buying Service
  • Annuity Options

Check the ETF Live Webinar Website for dates and times.

Lunch and Learn: Computer Workstation Ergonomics


The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee Presents:
What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
Computer Workstation Ergonomics
When: Thursday, June 12
12:10  – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Room C
Your work can affect your health.  Since we spend a fair amount of time in our workplace, it’s essential that we do what we can to create a healthy work environment.  Ergonomics is the study of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the worker rather than forcing the worker to adapt to the job.  Join Jill Fermanich, University Safety Manager, for this lunch and learn that will focus on computer workstation ergonomics.  The goals will be to help you learn what you can do to set up your office work space and practices so that they fit you and help you to be more comfortable and healthy at work.  The session will discuss workstation setup, how you sit, and how long you stay in one position.

CURRENT – Redefine Achieve



Redefine Achieve presented by Christian Jensen    
Event Basics
When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Neville Public Museum
210 Museum Plc.
Green Bay, WI  54303
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2014 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Assorted sandwiches, chips and cookies catered by Great Harvest Bread Co.
Register: (920) 437-8704
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Redefine Achieve
Sept. 8, 2013, Mary Cox and Christian Jensen took on Ironman Wisconsin together as friends. Mary is afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy, which leaves her completely disabled. In order to complete the event, Christian, Mary’s personal trainer, pulled and pushed Mary the 140.6 miles in a boat, bike trailer and running chair. Why? To Redefine “Achieve.”

Christian and Mary are founders of the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH, an athletic mentoring program for challenged athletes. Christian will share the story of their unique relationship, their passion for helping others achieve their dreams and lessons on how we can all redefine what it means to “achieve.”

About the Speaker
Christian Jensen
Executive Director
Christian Jensen started his professional career as a personal trainer with Bellin Health in Green Bay in 2007. That summer, he met a woman named Mary Cox with whom he started training, with the goal of improving functioning that had been severely limited due to muscular dystrophy.The training focused on helping Mary to slow the progression of the disease; however, in the long run, it was Mary who trained Christian through her positive and resilient spirit! As part of Mary’s therapy, Christian and his wife took Mary for runs on the Fox River Trail with the use of a specialized racing chair. They also participated in local endurance events such as the Bellin Run. Participating in endurance events gave Mary a freedom her body could no longer provide. In 2009, Christian and Mary guided Mary to complete her first marathon. Upon crossing the finish line, Mary sparked the start of something they believed would change our community when she said “I feel free when we run!” In 2010, the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH, a non-profit athletic mentoring program for challenged athletes, was started.Since the launch of the organization, myTEAM TRIUMPH has focused on enabling the spirit of challenged athletes through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics. Mary and the other “captains” who lead myTEAM TRIUMPH have a gift of an enduring spirit. The result of bringing together selfless, able-bodied athletes and the character of challenged athletes builds a community of servant leaders. Since the launch of the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH, Christian has had the honor of providing a life-changing experience to hundreds of challenged athletes.
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Welcome Andrew Wenig

Andrew started on April 21, 2014, as the Reservations and Events Coordinator.  Prior to starting in this position, Andrew worked in the UW-Green Bay University Union as a student employee and as a LTE.   Andrew volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, earned his Bachelor of Science degree at UW-Green Bay and is from Chilton, Wisconsin.

Shorewood Golf & Lunch



Wellness Opportunity at Shorewood Golf Course: Golf & Lunch for $10.00

Play three holes – or more if time permits – between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and have lunch too!

Come and play holes 1, 2, & 3 ending up back at the clubhouse where you can dine in or take out lunch from the extensive clubhouse menu! This wellness opportunity includes the use of rental clubs at no charge, allowing you to get out, exercise and enjoy the beautiful views that Shorewood golf course has to offer.

Shorewood is a seasonal operation that will remain open through October (possibly into early November), closing for the winter and re-opening each spring.

For more information on the Shorewood Golf Course visit their website at

Wellness Lunch and Learn – Beginner’s Yoga


What: Wellness Lunch and Learn
Beginner’s Yoga
When: Wednesday, May 28
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Where: Campus Quad (weather permitting)
Phoenix Room A (rain site)
Whether this is your first experience with Yoga, or you have experienced this practice before, this is a session for you!  Join Kress Events Center Yoga Instructor and Personal Training, Liz Brandt, on a journey to break down some of the fundamental form and theories involved to help create a successful practice geared towards YOUR level of fitness!